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Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:58 pm
 
Maybe Jenning's, uh, foot was on the ground? (Mocksession.com)
By Will Brinson

The Packers caught a tremendous break in the first half of Sunday's NFC Divisional Round matchup against the Giants, as Greg Jennings clearly fumbled a ball and neither an on-field ruling nor replay could "confirm" that he did so. The Packers kept the ball and scored a touchdown five plays later to tie the game at 10-10.

On first and 10 from the Giants 38-yard line, Aaron Rodgers hit Jennings on a six-yard pass. Jennings fumbled the ball while being tackled and the Giants recovered.

The play was initially ruled a fumble but the officiating crew overturned that call on the field and said that Jennings was down. Tom Coughlin was, for all intents and purposes, forced to challenge the play. He did so and the visual evidence indicated rather clearly (see: above) that the ball was loose before Jennings hit the ground.

However, Bill Leavy announced to the crowd that the ruling on the field would stand. The Packers kept the ball and scored a touchdown.

It was a terrible break for the Giants, an unbelievable stroke of luck for the Packers, and a pretty good reason for wondering if there needs to be another safeguard in the review process.

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Comments

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:30 am
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

Luck????????? what are you talking about?  It wasn't luck, it was clear incompetentce by the officials.  Starting with Bill Leavy who made a mistake in a Super Bowl that cost the Titans a championship.  How does this guy get the opportunity to officiate in the league ever again?  No one is perfect, but to say that the replay evidence wasn't sufficient is just wrong.  That's why replay exists to fix on the field errors.  The score should have been alot worse for the giants. 




Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

Packers got in the refs wallet before the game. That is all.

It was like this the first time we played them too, in the regular season. Remember that Jennings TD? The non Ballard TD? The PI that was made up? The numerous times Nicks was mugged clear as day and no flag?

Yeah, NFL refs arent influencing games...

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Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:30 am
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

I think it is was pretty obvious why Utah's Alex Smith was the #1 draft choice over Aaron Rogers back in 2004!




Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:18 am
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

How about the call on Umenyiora that resulted in another series of downs and a touchdown for the Packers ? How about the Non call of the clear helmet to helmet on Manning after the play was made ? That clearly actually hurt Manning, but seemed to strengthen his resolve. What about the bad spot that would have given the Giants a critical first down ? Big calls all day, bad calls the other way, but you gotta hand it to Coughlin's boys. They stayed composed, and focussed on the task at hand. Bad call ? Where we at ? Next play.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:28 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

" The Lions would not have had a "home wild card game"...there is no such thing. They would have been the 5th seed and gone to NYG instead of NO....and would have been beaten just as soundly.. "  --Cincy Jim

Forgot to add: The true difference maker for the Saints was the play of their two guards. (New York wouldn't have held up Detroit's interior rush nearly as well as NOLA did--and they still gave them their toughest game of the year.) We all know just how much Eli loves DTs in his face. He gets all flushed and excited, like a kid on Christmas morning. Can't wait to let plays develop. Can't wait to plant his back foot. All fidgety.

Nah, I like them a lot better against even this Giants team than I do against NOLA. Pocket passers as good as Drew Brees who've got all day clean up against what Detroit has and had to work with in the backfield.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:15 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

" The Lions would not have had a "home wild card game"...there is no such thing. They would have been the 5th seed and gone to NYG instead of NO....and would have been beaten just as soundly.. "  --Cincy Jim

This Lions fan agrees that the Giants would and should have been favored over them if they had met this weekend, even on a NEUTRAL field. However, in the thirteen games which Stafford played without that infernal glove, he was not once as scattershot as Rogers was today. Green Bay's running game is better than Detroit's, but not enough to make much difference against those beasts today. Theoretically, their DBs are MUCH better, but I saw little evidence that any of those guys came to play today. Their offensive line is only marginally better than Detroit's and their receivers are no better on balance. (Deeper, yes, but the Lions are healthy there.) TODAY, only the Packers linebackers clearly played better than the Leos likely would have done. The superior defensive line in Detroit would make up for some of that.

On balance, the Packers were enough the better team this year that I would make them clear favorites over Detroit in match-ups against New York. Just not the Packers who played today. I thought that the Giants would win by 9 coming in and regard this as the best betting opportunity of the year, not because they're a better team than EITHER the Lions or the Packers, but for three very good reasons. (1) In the NFL, being the hot team in the playoffs matters and New York showed last week that they were ready and hungry. (2) New York fans should know better than I that brother Peyton was correct years ago when he said that his little bro had more talent than he does, but so what? Elway and Bradshaw had more talent than Montana. I'm still taking Joe. All that said, how often can you really count on Eli to play up to his ability? He's streaky and when he's on the downs he loses his grip on himself. He'd recently been rounding into shape nicely, week-by-week. (3) Sometimes the Giants defensive line almost looks like days gone bye. If you squint a little, sort of. Recent games included.



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:02 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

Did Jenning's lower leg make contact with the ground before he lost control of the ball?
is the foot considered part of the lower leg??? if so, then yes.



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:57 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

The refs are clearly gambling on the games and trying to determine the outcome.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:48 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

" It wasn't but a few days ago where I saw a thread on here talking about the horrendous calls missed in week 13 between these same two team. I assured people that I didn't think those same mistakes would be made in a playoff game of this caliber because the NFL would send only the best officiating crews to work a game like this...............................



..........boy was I wrong.  I have NO IDEA what the officials were looking at today but there were 2 big calls that could have cost the Giants the win they truly deserved today. Luckily it didn't impact the team that clearly deserved to win, however, something does need to be done about the officiating because there are some loopholes here!! How do we correct this???? "  --FirstOrLast

This post wins the award for the most succinctly communicated unreasonable demand or request of the day. And the answer is:
  I dunno. Maybe we could hire Angels from on High or the Terminator. You know, somebody who isn't human. Or, maybe Chinese slave labor or the inmates on a Georgia chain gang could do it better. Why not, that seems to be the Tea Party platform.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:41 pm
 

Packers get lucky on Greg Jennings fumble review

The Lions would not have had a "home wild card game"...there is no such thing. They would have been the 5th seed and gone to NYG instead of NO....and would have been beaten just as soundly..


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